Via Rivals.com, here is a list of all the people Billy Gillispie has offered a basketball scholarship for 2009, and their current status:
|John Wall||Super-stud 2009 point guard.
|Mfon Udofia||6-2/180||Stone Mountain, GA||list|
|GJ Vilarino||Already committed to UK.
|A.J. Walton||6-0/175||Little Rock, AR||list|
|Jon Hood||Already committed to UK.
|D.J. Richardson||Gone to the Illini.
|Noel Johnson||6-7/180||Fayetteville, GA||list|
|Shawn Williams||Superb, athletic wing.
|Marlon Brown||Actually a football recruit, but a good basketball player as well
|Derrick Favors||This guy would be a drop-in replacement for Patterson should Patterson leave early.
|Kenny Hall||Gone to UT.
||6-8/215||Stone Mountain, GA||Tennessee|
|Colin Borchert||6-8/220||Glendale, AZ||list|
|Andrew Fitzgerald||6-9/245||Baltimore, MD||list|
|James Padgett||6-7/210||Brooklyn, NY||list|
|Daniel Orton||Kentucky has recently entertained Orton, and Orton liked UK a lot.
||6-10/260||Oklahoma City, OK||list|
|Deshawn Painter||Gone to Florida.
As you can see, Billy Gillispie has been a very busy fellow. This list is very heavy on size. But surprisngly, the most players on this list from any one state are from the state of Georgia, where Tubby Smith used to do a lot of recruiting. It seems that the Georgia to UK pipeline did not end with when Smith left.
While we do need to add a guard, it looks to me like Gillispie is really concerned about the possibility of Patterson going on to the next level despite comments from his family that Pat will be here for 4 years. It isn't hard to believe that his injury last year and subsequent surgery might modify that thinking.
Still, it is clear that size is a priority for 2009. We already have a bit coming from Matt Pilgrim, but I don't think Pilgrim is the type of power player Gillispie tends to use in his usual 3 out/2 in offensive alignment. We need two big guys on the blocks, and that is clearly a priority looking at current recruiting.